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Raw milk enthusiasts are dead set on exposing themselves to the H5N1 aviary flu virus by drinking contaminated and unpasteurized cow milk, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mark McAfee, who founded the Raw Milk Institute, told the newspaper that he’s been getting inundated with calls from “customers asking for H5N1 milk because they want immunity from it.”

It’s a bizarre reality that flies in the face of a wealth of scientific evidence. We’ve known about pasteurization’s ability to fend off germs and other pathogens for well over 100 years.

But that hasn’t stopped a group of raw milk enthusiasts from seeking out untreated dairy in their search for purported immune system benefits.

It’s an especially foolish idea considering there’s a lot we still don’t know about the current spread of the H5N1 virus. The first incident of the virus breaking out in dairy cows in the US was reported in March. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been infections in mammals across Asia, North America, South America, and Europe.

While scientists suspect it may be possible for the virus to be transmitted from mammal to mammal, the risk to humans is…

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